Up on the WC at 0215hrs.
Back to kip, trying and failng to remember the dream I was having before the bladder woke me.
Tried to get back to kip… failed.
WC’d, started laptop, made a cuppa then took me medications.
I took a photo from the upstairs window of the morning sky – touch of red in it and it foretold me of rain later.
I hope to make up for forgetting to go to the bank to update me insurances yesterday by going today. I realise that facing the rampant crowds will not be easy, but it’s got to be done. I’ll try to get some photographs of the Nottingham
shoplifters… I mean shoppers on me walk.
Coughing, sore throat, bad back, arthritis, angina, duodenal ulcer, depression nor me lack of mobility is going to stop me going for a good walk today!
Blimey, did I just say that?
Medicated, scrubbed missen up, applied me creams and pain-gels did me teggies, shaved and had another sh… visit on the porcelain and was ready for the off.
Not too cold, windy mind and a little on the dark side still.
En route the horns were a-sounding from motorists stuck in the traffic jam into town and many frayed tempers methinks?
Cyclist on the pavement on me one mile walk into town this morning? Five! But they don’t bother me… oh no…
Walked along to the market to have a ponder – on the way I had a dizzy-spell and stood at the top of the escalator for a while. In about ten minutes my focus came okay again. I noticed that in that time the ‘Boost’ fruit drink cabin thing on the lower floor of the mall had no customers at all, and there were three staff on duty. Sad news for the owner that.
In the market the handbag and ladies accessories stall was doing no better than the fruit stand below. They had a marvellous selection on bags on show and I took a photograph of it for the girls on the Troll Free Zone site as I know some of them like their handbags, and they can click on the photo to see what’s on offer in Nottingham. Probably the same Korean, Chinese and Lithuanian manufactured choices as in America Canada and Australia?
Onward on me walk then to the Nottingham Arboretum.
At the end of the mall on the walk-over I took another photograph of the traffic and
shoplifters… I mean Nottingham pedestrians vying with each other to get there first. Still not noon yet, the traffic increased greatly after then.
I plodded on through town to the bank before I forgot about going like. I took this photo just before I entered the bank, slowly the crowds were getting thicker on the ground. Seconds after taking this photograph a bloke walked into me shoulder nearly knocking me over and muttering in a loud voice I heard clearly “F&,/ing photograpers!” I wished him a Happy Christmas back too as he sped to wherever it was he was going!
I entered the bank and waited patiently for an adviser. One got up and as he came towards me a bloke who’d just come in the place approached him and got served like. Tsk! I thought. No bother I wasn’t in a hurry. Eventually the advisor came to me.
I didn’t like him instantly, he had that ‘Jobsworth-sneer’ on his mush and an arrogant tone in his voice – ‘This could get interesting I thought’ and it did.
It really isn’t my nature to get involved unpleasantly with anyone, but this turd was too tempting a challenge even for me…
Inchcock: “Good morning”
Turd: “Can I help you?”
Inchcock: “I don’t know can you?”
Turd: “I’m sorry?”
Inchcock: “So was I when you served the chap in the donkey-jacket who came in well after I did leaving me stood here waiting!
Turd: “I didn’t see you Sir!”
Inchcock: “That’s alright cocker, you’ve got bad eyesight I’m deaf… no prejudice from me pal!”
The now flummoxed looking Turd repeated himself: “Can I help you Sir?”
Inchcock: “I want to see an advisor about my home insurance…
The Turd cut in: “We have sold out insurance commitments to the Royal (Some name I can’t remember now) company you will have to contact them now!” (A sneer began to develop on his thin pale face)
I slightly raising my voice to enable other customers to hear me clearly: “Now that is a shame mush (Touch of the Tony Hancock’s there I thought – quite proud of that?) because the competent advisor who sat there (I pointed to one of the desks) three weeks ago told me to come back and she would help me by phoning them for me as part of the banks customer service ethics (I again pointed, this time to poster on the wall about the banks ethics policy) by phoning them for me!
Turd: “I’ll get an advisor to help you, take a seat!”
Inchcock: “Shame you didn’t say that in the first place Pike!” Gawd as was going strong now!
Inchcock: “Can’t you remember Dad’s Army son?
The Turd walked away his face now red.
I was truly amazed at my responses and attitude to him. Hey-ho!
The advisor called me over and I got the impression he wanted to say something about the turd but dare not. The smile on his face was reward enough for me. He was helpful and patient and got me sorted out in no time.
I was pleased, almost proud of myself as I left the bank – but should I have been?
I walked through town and up passed the Theatre Royal and the tram stops, down passed the college building and weariness appeared to affect me, the coughing and sore throat seemed to come on together and my knees and feet really started to ache – but I didn’t mind because my victory over the bank turd was still fresh in my warped mind. Hehehe
As I passed an old building I thought how decorative it had been finished off with peoples heads in cement or stone above each of the windows. I’ll have to look up who designed it.
Maybe it was Watson Fothergill?
Arboretum Visit Report
I pressed on down the hill and up to the Nottingham Arboretum gate that I left via on yesterdays visit to the mallards and pigeons, and entered.
Straight to the pond, where the mallards were taking a shower in the pond-centre fountain.
I walked up the hill (Another damned hill, getting tired now!) to cut over and come out near the cemetery.
I took a photo of the famous Chinese Bell surrounded by old Cannons!
The structure called “The Chinese Bell”, calls for a word of explanation, for it is a curious conglomeration of ideas and objects.
(1.) Richard Birkin, Esq, had efficiently served his fourth year of office as Mayor, and it was desired to record the event with approval.
(2.) ‘The Notts Regiment of Foot’ had deserved well of their town and county, which had sent it so many good soldiers that it ought to be recorded.
(3.) In the Crimean War of 1854-6 some cannon guns were taken at Sebastopol, and two of them were sent to Nottingham and mounted, and a heap of balls added.
(4.) During the war with China (1857) a bell, believed to consist of steel and silver, was “taken from a large and handsome Temple near to the east gate at Canton, when that city was captured. This bell, which stood in the principal part of the Temple and was struck during religious ceremonies to call the attention of the joss or god, or to announce his presence, was removed by the army, and brought to Nottingham, and here it was mounted and a canopy placed over it. The result being that guns partly Russian are mounted as firing from a Chinese Temple into the four quarters of the earth; while the bell has never been used”.
Feargus O’Connor was a Chartist leader, and became a Nottingham MP in 1847. Born around 1796, he studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and became a lawyer. He inherited an estate in Cork, and during Irish agitation for reform in the early 1830’s, he emerged as an advocate of Irish rights and democratic political reform. He became MP for Cork in 1832 but lost his seat in 1835. He turned his attention to English radicalism and toured the country campaigning for political reform. He was described as “a superb orator, powerful, defiant, humorous”. (What would I give to be described as such?). In 1840 he was arrested and imprisoned in York Castle for 15 months. As his behaviour, apparently became increasingly irrational, he was declared insane in 1852, and was sent to an asylum in Chiswick, where he died in 1855. It was reported that 40,000 people attended his funeral.
As I reached the highest point with a view of the grounds, I took a last photograph of the Arboretum grounds.
You’ll no doubt see the massed Nottingham people who appreciate and visit the Arboretum so regularly in the photograph.
‘He is on the centre path just to left of the second tree from the right in the photo.’
It took about half an hour to walk from there to the Continental shop in Carrington, where I purchased a packet of Silesian sausages.
Located just before the Lidl fiddlers store, where I thought about popping in to get some bread, but the queues down the store from the tills put me off.
So I limped back to the flea-pit and hastened to the WC.
I put away me Silesian sauages, and spooted on the nearly empty packet of delicious Polish cocktail frankfurters that I’d bought them at Asda. No wonder I failed to find any at Tesco is it? What a plonker!
Then I got the laptop on and updated this waffling tosh.